LANCASTER – California Governor Jerry Brown was among the dignitaries in attendance Monday as Build Your Dreams (BYD) unveiled its first American-made, all-electric rapid transit bus.
“This is a small beginning – a few buses – but it holds the promise of something very big and very important,” Brown stated.
The ceremony was held at BYD’s bus factory in Lancaster. Other speakers included Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Bill Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Lanny Davis, Attorney for BYD and former White House Special Counsel; Micheal Austin, Vice President of BYD America; Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris; and Stella Li, CEO of BYD Motors.
“This event is truly historic with the unveiling of the first California-made, all-electric, long-range, 40-foot rapid transit buses lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge,” stated Li. “BYD has a long and solid commitment to provide zero-emission, superior technology transportation vehicles in the United States.”
“We are starting out here in Lancaster, California with the goal of providing clean energy electric buses throughout the United States,” Li continued.
BYD’s electric bus factory in Lancaster has created more than 60 new jobs for American workers, according to BYD officials. BYD expects to increase the number of new jobs created to 100 by the end of the year, while adding 200 more by the end of next year.
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